John Mayer Will Host ‘The Late Late Show’

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Rocker John Mayer will make a guest host appearance on CBS’ The Late Late Show in February. The singer announced on social media his plans for his new hosting gig. “The guest lineup for my CBS Late Late Show hosting stint is incredible. Stay tuned for the official list… These are going to be great shows.” Mayer added, “Insanity guaranteed.” The rock star will be hosting on February 4th, 5th, and 6th. Mayer and other celebrity guests will host the show, until the official host makes his appearance on March 23rd.

The Late Late Show has had three hosts since it aired in 1995. Craig Ferguson had the longest tenure hosting the show; he hosted from 2005-2014. Ferguson had a very successful nine-year run hosting the late night show. In 2008, the show’s weekly ratings were greater than Late Night with Conan O’ Brien. This was the first time The Late Late Show beat O’Brien’s in ratings. Towards the end of 2009, Ferguson topped Jimmy Fallon in ratings, too. Unfortunately, The Late Late Show could not sustain its audience. Due to the show’s low ratings, Ferguson left The Late Late Show in December 2014.

The Late Late Show announced James Corden will be the new host of the show. Corden is an actor, comedian, writer, and producer. In 2012, he won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his role in One Man, Two Guvnors. Corden also starred in the BBC sitcom Gavin & Stacey from 2007-2010. He was also the co-creator and co-writer of the sitcom. He won the BAFTA Television Award for Best Comedy Performance. BAFTA stands for the “British Academy of Film and Television Arts.” Although Corden hasn’t made his first appearance on the late night show, he has already made history on the show. Corden’s Late Late Show will have a house band. Since its existence, the show has never had a house band or an in-studio announcer. The Late Late Show‘s first house band will be led by Reggie Watts. Watts appears on the IFC television series Comedy Bang! Bang! The musician-comedian is known for improvising musical sets with his voice, a keyboard, and a looping machine.